Six Layer Magic Bars (only 6 ingredients!)

11.01.2018

Magic Bars are one of the easiest desserts you can make! Layered with butter graham cracker layer, chocolate chips, coconut and sweetened condensed milk. A dangerously addictive treat you’ll want to make again and again!

Stack of seven slices of magic cookie bars on a blue plate. There's a glass of milk in the background.

So Many Layers of Deliciousness!

So I’m totally late to this party, where have 7 Layer (or in this case 6 layer) Magic Bars been all my life? I’d thought I’d tried pretty much every classic dessert out there but apparently not.

I stumbled upon this kind of dessert bar on Pinterest coming from Nestle, they’d just called them a different name than every other website but they’re all basically the same with minor differences in which type of chips are used.

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Different Variations

Some recipes use just chocolate chips, others include white chocolate and butterscotch chips. For me personally I’m all about chocolate so that’s what I went with here and I used two different kinds.

I made these twice because the first time I didn’t like how the graham cracker layer was so incredibly thin that it almost didn’t even cover the bottom of the pan so the second time around I added another 1/3 of the mixture.

I also prefer the sweetened condensed milk poured over the top as it seems to hold it all together better (rather than pouring it over the graham layer then adding the remaining toppings after).

Magic cookie bars in baking dish. Half of them have been cut into slices.

Magic Bar Ingredients

For this recipe you only need 6 pantry staples:

  • Unsalted butter – adds moisture and richness.
  • Crushed graham crackers -the base.
  • Chocolate chips – adds decadence.
  • Sweetened condensed milk – the binder and hello yum!
  • Sweetened shredded coconut – adds a sweet tropical flavor.
  • Walnuts or pecans – adds a crunch textural contrast.

How to Make Magic Bars

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt butter in a 13 by 9-inch baking dish in oven. Tilt melted butter around pan.
  • Add graham crackers and toss to evenly coat with melted butter. Press into even layer.
  • Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over graham cracker layer followed by coconut and pecans.
  • Drizzle sweetened condensed milk evenly over top.
  • Bake until lightly golden, about 25 minutes.

Overhead image of cut magic cookie bars in a baking dish.

A Cookie Bar That Doesn’t Need a Mixer!

I love that these don’t even require a mixer. Everything is literally just added to a baking pan and the only thing that even requires a little mixing is the graham cracker and butter – other than that everything else is just sprinkled or poured one layer after another.

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And if you buy the boxed graham cracker crumbs you won’t even need to crush up the sheets of it first. This is one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make (and you’ll love that they only require 6 baking pantry staples).

Simply put these things are dangerously addictive! If you haven’t tried these make them today, they are 6 layers of purely irresistible decadence!

Close up image of a stack of magic cookie bars showing different layers including graham cracker layer, chocolate layer, walnuts, and sweetened condensed milk coconut layer.

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Magic Bars (only 6 ingredients!)

5 from 1 vote

One of the easiest desserts you can make! Layered with butter graham cracker layer, chocolate chips, coconut and sweetened condensed milk. A dangerously addictive treat you'll want to make again and again!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Magic Bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 312 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces
  • 2 cups (228g) crushed graham crackers (about 15 full sheets)
  • 2 cups (340g) chocolate chips*
  • 1 cup (86g) shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup (100g) chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk**

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place butter in a 13 by 9-inch baking dish, add to oven and allow to heat until melted (mine took a little over 2 minutes). 
  2. Remove from oven, tilt pan side to side to allow butter to run about 1-inch up the sides of the pan. 

  3. Add graham crackers and toss to evenly coat with melted butter. Firmly press mixture into an even layer in pan. 

  4. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over graham cracker layer followed by coconut and pecans. 
  5. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk evenly over top. Bake in preheated oven until lightly golden, about 25 minutes. 
  6. Cool completely on a wire rack then cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

  • I like to use 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 cup milk chocolate chips.
  • For best results don't use low fat or fat free sweetened condensed milk.
  • Recipe source: adapted from Nestle
Nutrition Facts
Magic Bars (only 6 ingredients!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 114mg 5%
Potassium 141mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 24g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 6.1%
Vitamin C 0.9%
Calcium 9.3%
Iron 5.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

11 comments

  • Judy: I use Nilla wafers in place of the graham crackers. Another great option! December 3, 2018 at 8:38pm Reply

  • Annie: These look amazing! Do they freeze well? March 7, 2017 at 7:18pm Reply

    • Sheila Atwood: yes they do freeze well June 16, 2018 at 10:42pm Reply

  • Grace McDonald: Are the six layer magic bars gluten free? December 17, 2016 at 12:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No but with gluten free crackers and ensuring the other ingredients are gluten free then I think it could be. December 17, 2016 at 4:10pm Reply

  • Melissa: What if I’m out of sweetened condensed milk? Is there anything I can substitute? August 22, 2016 at 7:44pm Reply

  • Francesca: Ahhh, I love Magic Bars! So simple and so good!!! If I can get my hands on some coconut here in Italy I’m making these for my colleagues. Thanks!!! August 8, 2016 at 7:26am Reply

  • Mary: I’ve been making these for years, but they are a 7 layer bar. The recipe calls for butterscotch chips, in addition to the items in your recipe. But peanut butter chips are also really good! August 7, 2016 at 6:54pm Reply

    • Laura ~ Raise Your Garden: I really like your idea of peanut butter chips! I used to munch on those as my “snack” when I was a little kid. Now that I have kids, I need to make these. That melty chocolate in the middle is melting my heart. Yum!!!! August 8, 2016 at 5:28am Reply

  • Cheryl Baker: I love these bars. My aunt sent a box of these to me when I was in college in the late 60’s….and called them “Hello Dolly” bars. August 7, 2016 at 4:27pm Reply

  • Donna Howard: Can’t wait to make these. Could you please clarify what size pan to use? Not sure if it’s a big sheet pan or a small one?? Thanks! August 7, 2016 at 5:16am Reply

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